LatinNews Daily - 05 January 2023

Main Briefing
On 4 January, opposition-affiliated civil society organisations around Bolivia announced that they will hold nationwide protests to demand the release of Luis Fernando Camacho, the governor of the eastern department of Santa Cruz who was arrested on terrorism charges on 28 December.... Read More
* Widespread anti-government protests have resumed in Peru after a lull during the Christmas period, with demonstrators blocking roads in the south of the country to demand the resignation of President Dina Boluarte and the convening of general elections.... Read More
On 4 January Brazil’s Marina Silva, who has returned as environment minister under the new centre-left government of President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, outlined her policies, with protection of the Amazon and action on climate change as government priorities. ... Read More
*Senator Jean Paul Prates, whom President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva has named as his choice to take over as the new CEO of Brazil’s state-run oil company Petrobras, has said there will be no interventions in fuel prices.... Read More
Central America & Caribbean
On 4 January, the interim director general of Costa Rica’s judicial investigation agency (OIJ), Randall Zúñiga, said that 656 homicides were registered in 2022, a new record.... Read More
* Honduras’s leading private sector lobby Consejo Hondureño de la Empresa Privada (Cohep) has issued a statement urging the leftist Partido Libertad y Refundación (Libre) government led by President Xiomara Castro to prioritise job creation in 2023, which it said requires a “favourable climate for investment and legal certainty”.... Read More
On 4 January, Mexico’s national refugee commission (Comar) announced it would restart asylum procedures at the southern border after suspending operations for several days.... Read More
*Octavio Romero Oropeza, the CEO of Mexico’s state-run oil company Pemex, has stated that the company is working with the federal government and finance ministry (SHCP) to manage its debt.... Read More
Southern Cone
On 4 January Chile’s government led by President Gabriel Boric announced it had picked lawyer Angel Valencia Vásquez as its latest nominee for the post of attorney general (AG), following the senate’s rejection of its two earlier candidates. ... Read More
*Uruguay’s national statistics institute (INE) has released the latest consumer price index (IPC), which shows monthly deflation of  0.26% in December while annual inflation stood at 8.29%.... Read More

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